30A South Walton 5k The Alys Foundation ‘Fun Run’ Raises $60,000 for Autism

Ready, set, help! More than 400 runners of all ages raced to the end of summer at the third annual Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, organized by The Alys Foundation.

The run became a town tour of sorts leading runners down roadways, pathways and nature trails on a sunny late summer morning throughout the beautiful community of Alys Beach in South Walton. After the races, racers relaxed at a post-race awards party featuring Grayton Beer, Vivo Spa Salon, Piper’s and 30A Pop Stop including a raffle contest and music by Shane from Rock the House. Little racers cooled off in the Fountain and chilled on the grass in the Amphitheater. Many returned later in the evening to enjoy a live concert and fireworks display.

Proceeds from the event raised $60,000. The Alys Foundation provided $20,000 each in the name of the Starkey Family to Autism Society Emerald Coast, Autism Society Georgia and Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization.

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30A South Walton puppypalooza TOMORROW: Inaugural Puppypalooza Fundraiser Benefitting Alaquas Unconditional Love ProgramPuppypalooza, the inaugural fundraiser to benefit the Unconditional Love Program of Alaqua Animal Refuge, will be held at Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City Beach tomorrow, September 20th, from 1 pm – 9 pm.

Puppypalooza will feature a DJ, inflatable bounce houses, retail, beer, wine, and food booths, a huge raffle, a jail, a dunking booth, dog agility shows, Unconditional Love Program dog performances, face painting, and tons of games for children. Beginning at 6 pm, Cadillac Willy will rock the park. Bring your own blanket or chairs and relax with your family in the park.

Food vendors include Shore Dogs, Smokin’ Butts, Dovalina’s Wood-fired Pizza, Sweet Henrietta’s, Fishale Taphouse and Grill, and Captain’s Lady Café and Sno Balls. Retail vendors include Pink Narcissus (Lily Pulitzer), The 30A Gear Truck, Cedar and Cypress Woodworks, Peaches to Beaches, Jam Berry Nails, Thirty-One, Scentsy, 30a Beach Girl, Ron John Surf Shop, Glas Designs, For Tails Only, Tastefully Simple, What’s Up Dog?, Shabby Wraps, Magnabilities, Beach Zinnia, Pure Romance, and more. Alcohol vendors include Pabst Blue Ribbon and CHASTE No. 850.

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By Gaye Patton
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Hazel – waiting for her ‘forever home’

Eight-year-old Hazel is an easy-going, bright-eyed furry delight, who loves little puppies.

Hazel, Hazel, our happy little pearl of a girl,
hair the color of pumpkins, her tail with a precious curl.
That tail is a perfect measure of her happiness and delight,
wagging so rapidly, it could make her take flight!
Her eyes are deep and lovely, the color of the darkest coal,
and as you look deep into them you will see her thoughtful soul.

Hazel, Hazel, our helpful little sweetie.
Always willing to lend a little assistance, never mean or greedy.
Well behaved, well mannered, always playing well with others.
Her expertise in the kennels, is assisting with the new mothers.
She loves the little puppies, helping with their comfort and care.
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30A South Walton exploresm 500x358 Explore The Outdoors Festival at DeFuniak Springs   Oct 11Walton Outdoors is hosting the annual Explore The Outdoors Festival on Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along the beautiful lakeyard in DeFuniak Springs on Circle Drive. The activities will be held behind the First Presbyterian Church.

This free fun-filled day for all ages is geared towards introducing children to the wonders of exploring the outdoors. The water activities are geared for children six years old and up.

Food vendors will be on hand. Hands-on activities will include fishing, boating, kayaking, wildlife encounters, interactive educational exhibits, nature-based crafts and much more.

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30A South Walton PicMonkey Collage3 A+ Art One Size Fits All Show and Sale: A Call For Artists

Art works by (L to R): Donnelle Clark, Suzanne LeLoup West and Lori Drew

The A+ Art “One Size Fits All” show and sale is on the horizon with an exceptional artist reception set for Friday, October 3rd, from 5 – 7 pm at Northwest Florida State College, South Walton Center.

This second annual show, which will run through December 8th, will include over a hundred 10-inch by 10-inch wood panels, featuring the fine and funky work of over 50 local artists. All featured artwork will be $100 each.

“Last year’s Friday night reception was packed with enthusiasm and excitement as collectors quickly tagged the art of their choice while the A+ team assisted with the gathering and purchasing process,” said Lori Drew, 2014 show organizer. “It was so alive and filled with energy. It’s just the perfect place to pick up a special piece at a really affordable price.”

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30A South Walton Shaun O’Brien1 New Chef and Restaurant Manager join Fish Out of Water

Shaun O’Brien

New Chef de Cuisine, Shaun O’Brien, and Restaurant Manager, Kyle Davis, have their sights set on making 30A restaurant Fish Out of Water a ‘foodie destination’ across the South.

O’Brien, who joined the restaurant’s kitchen team earlier this year after winning countless trophies and awards at Sandestin’s Bistro Bijoux, has now been appointed Chef de Cuisine.

“I came to Fish Out of Water to work with the great team making this restaurant famous – not just here in South Walton, but throughout the South,” said O’Brien, who is no stranger to the 30A food scene, having previously been Executive Chef at Paradis in Rosemary Beach when it first opened.

“I know from my previous experiences in South Walton that locals and visitors are very discerning,” said O’Brien. “I am focused on providing dishes that will surprise, excite and even amuse diners – but know we have to do it in a way that is true to the special way of life we enjoy on the Emerald Coast.

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Krutz Family Cellars and 30A announced that they are partnering to introduce a new line of premium 30A wines. The announcement comes on the heels of the success of 30A’s new 30A Beach Blonde Ale and 30A Coffee products.

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Bryan and Cindy Krutz

“Locals and visitors alike really appreciate great wine,” said Bryan Krutz of Krutz Family Cellars. “Wine is part of our local experience, and we’re crafting a selection of varietals that will perfectly complement the 30A beach lifestyle.”

After graduating from Ole Miss business school in 2003, Bryan Krutz operated a wine and cheese bar in Rosemary Beach for six years. As the General Manager and wine buyer, he not only honed his knowledge of wine, but of the business of wine, with a special emphasis on sales and marketing.

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30A South Walton Lauren Lege 100 Looking for a New Beach Song Playlist? By Lauren Lege

I’ve been on the hunt for this season’s top sound selections, and I know I’m not alone. With platforms like Pandora, Sound Cloud, and Grooveshark, there’s enough variety swirling around out there to piece together your own concerto grosso. It can be overwhelming, so we did the work for you, in collaboration with Seaside’s Central Square Records to bring you the skinny on this year’s Top Ten Beach Beats.


“Three of [the band members] met while working in the famous record store Amoeba, and their consistent groove suggests they spend their days surfing, skating and chilling out in sun-kissed California…Fuzzy, distorted guitars, maracas, vocals put through vintage microphones and a Hammond organ (‘Catamaran’) create an unmistakably vintage sound. The snag? Hanging out on the beach can get a bit boring. As much as the album is warm, wistful and pleasant, every song is a variation on the others, using similar chords and the same key, although final track ‘Long Journey’ packs more of a punch,” writes NME’s Lucy Jones.



“The moody space of ‘Homesick’ is a fascinating overcast counterpoint to the late-afternoon haze of the rest of the record, while ‘And She Smiles’ builds from soft near-silence into the album’s tightest beat and leanest, most experimental guitar work,” says PopMatters’ Mathew Fiander. “It feels both physical and fleeting. That New Madrid can pull off so many seeming opposites at once on Sunswimmer is impressive, but the fact that they’re housed in such striking, well-crafted songs, is what makes this album so strong.”


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